John Jacobson is the Audio Recording Technology Professor at CSN. He has led this program since joining CSN in 1999, and has overseen the ongoing developments that have made the facilities and curricula at CSN comparable to those of top-level similar colleges. Prior to beginning at CSN, he worked at UNLV as an engineer, operated his own archival and forensic audio business, and was co-owner of one of Las Vegas’ premier recording studios, Oakdale Post Audio. John has been involved in every aspect of the recording studio business, and as an engineer has worked with clients and artists like Phil Ramone, IBM, Motown and Capitol Records, Martin Scorsese (“Casino” and “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies”), Station Casinos, Penn Jillette (Comedy Central), Steve Cropper, Ceasars Palace, Kenny Rogers, and many others. John is also a professional musician, in recent years playing for shows such as “Phantom–The Las Vegas Spectacular,” “Spamalot,” “Mama Mia” and “Hairspray,” playing for a church on an ongoing basis, and various other work. He is also a composer and arranger, and loves playing with the “toys” at the CSN Recording Studio! He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Musicians Union of Las Vegas.
Jerome Eadeh is a percussionist and audio engineer born in Grand Rapids Michigan. During his childhood, it was said that Jerome’s style of percussion was “TOO LOUD” according to his parents and the neighbors. Of course, that only encouraged him because from there, Jerome continued with his drumming career performing in various bands, drum and bugle corps, teaching, and eventually into college. He obtained degrees from Western Michigan University and Indiana University, studying mostly classical music, but was soon picked up to include audio engineering to his musical arsenal when he was chosen to join the Production Services department of Indiana University. There, Jerome helped a completely analog production facility to move into the digital realm by introducing digital and non-linear audio and video to the department. After a short five years in Bloomington, he then set his sights on Las Vegas to soon take a career path with the newly formed Las Vegas Clark County Library District, where they were developing theatrical venues to provide live audio recording, performance, editing, and visual production services to the public. Soon after, Jerome became the Technical and Production Services Supervisor, running AV technical staff of as many as fourteen, designing systems, and consulting with various entities throughout Southern Nevada. With his own company, Customized Multimedia Projects, Jerome has performed as a percussionist and/or audio engineer for countless events and has taught audio and music composition to hundreds of students young and old. Currently, Jerome is on staff with the College of Southern Nevada to help bring excellence in audio performance to the students, and to mentor upcoming musicians/audio engineers so they can move the world into new frontiers of audio excellence.
Ron S. Herbes was raised in Ventura, California, from a family whose father was an Executive and the Director of Facilities at 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. At the age of 18 Ron started working for 20th Century Fox Film Corporation in the Film Editorial department. Ron joined the Motion Picture Editors Guild and started his 6 years of training apprenticeships, eventually working as an Editor of Film/Video, Sound/Audio, Producer and Sound Designer, excelling onto various other positions in and around the studios, spending over 20 years at Universal Studios, Disney, MGM and other major film studios in Hollywood. Ron has worked on hundreds of shows, holding various positions in Editorial, Post-Production, Production as well as a Producer. This includes iconic Television Series such as: “Miami Vice,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Alfred Hitchcock,” “New York Undercover,” and many more, and on Feature Films such as: “Rocky V,” “The Waterboy,” “Predator 2,” “Alien 3,” as well as “Rambo 3” and many more. After moving to Las Vegas, he went back to school to earn a degree in Digital Film and Videotape Production, and is currently enrolled to earn his Masters’s Degree in Business. In 2009 Ron held the position of Program Chair for Cinema & Audio Production at IADT. Ron was then offered a position to start a new Film & Television School as the Campus Director for a major Film College in Las Vegas. Ron is currently teaching as an Instructor for the College of Southern Nevada teaching in the music program. Most recently Ron has teamed up with Dámaris Morales, Vickie Rose Sampson, and an incredible Latin Director Noemi Morales, to form the company “DIAPASON LLC” which just finished producing an incredible new docu-reality show on the world’s music.
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Nik Hotchkiss is an American multi-media artist and entrepreneur. He is known mainly for his work as a DJ, producer and audio engineer but also has considerable experience as a camera operator and video editor. In 2005, he graduated at the top of his class with a Recording Arts Degree from Full Sail University. In the years following, he went on to earn a Masters of Entertainment Business Degree focusing on commercial recording studio management. After college Nik spent almost 2 years in Nashville, Tennessee, gaining experience working alongside some of the best mixing and mastering engineers in the country. This led to him being recruited as the Lead Engineer for a multi-million-dollar entertainment production facility in Las Vegas. So, on 07-07-2007 Nik said good-bye to Nashville’s “Music Row” and hello to “The Las Vegas Strip.” He is an Associate Member of the Audio Engineering Society and holds several technical certifications relating to audio/video production. Since 2010 Nik has designed and taught courses in audio engineering for multiple national colleges, and is a business owner as well as a sitting Board of Directors member for a non-profit organization providing creative lessons to inner-city high-school students through after school programming. He works full-time as an A1 (Chief Engineer); both in the recording studio as well as “in the field” mixing concerts for some of the largest music venues in Las Vegas. Nik operates out of his own private studio, as well as regularly at some of the most successful studios on the west-coast including Studio DMI, The Hideout, The Studio at the Wynn, The Studio at the Palms, and more. Nik has worked with more than 500 artists since he began recording and mixing.
Kenneth Johnston has been teaching in the Fine Arts Department at CSN since 2014. He is a certified sound engineer with an expert level of experience. After graduating from the Center for the Media Arts, New York, in 1986 he opened his own recording studio. Kenneth brings real life insight into his classroom teachings learned from working in the music industry for over 30 years, with both seasoned veterans and many up-and-coming artists. He has worked on many notable Multi-Platinum projects. His expertise earned him recognition and a special Grammy award from the Recording Academy. He enjoys teaching and helping others develop the skills to become successful in the world of recording. Some projects and artists include: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Next, Jaheim, 3LW, Naughty by Nature, Queen Latina, Biggie Smalls, Jay Z and many more.
Josh O’Connor, Music Producer, Live Performer and Music Educator, has taught his vast knowledge of Electronic Music Production here at CSN. This Chicago native’s client list contains a Who’s Who in the music business including Justin Timberlake, Mya, Ciara, Fredro Star (Onyx), Eddie Kramer, Grey Advertising and The Minnesota Vikings just to name a few. Having worked in Sully Erna’s (Godsmack) Serenity Sound studio (Hollywood) allows Josh to relay and teach real life studio situations and techniques to students that prepare them for the real world. Josh has also been trusted by Industry leading software companies (Ableton) to teach Master Classes on their behalf. Josh has personally written the curriculum for multiple courses here at CSN including Urban Music Production (Music 262B) and Computer Music Technology I (Music 160). Josh can also be seen teaching Recording Techniques II (Mus 232) and Virtual Studio Technology I (Mus 239).
Aaron Ramsey is a professional composer, percussionist, and audio engineer. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s degree from the Berklee College of Music. Proficient in various DAW’s such as ProTools, Logic Pro X, and Ableton Live, he worked as a computer lab tutor at the Berklee Boston and Valencia, Spain Campuses. While in Spain, Aaron was commisioned to score the soundtrack for the short film Copetin. It was recorded with the Budapest Art Orchestra, and featured at the Palm Springs ShortFest in 2014. He later conducted and recorded with a full orchestra at the world famous Air Lyndhurst Studios in London. Aaron was selected to attend the Society of Composers’ and Lyricists’ Mentorship Program in Los Angeles where he learned from well-known media composers such as Russell Brower (World of Warcraft) and Garry Schyman (Bioshock, Shadow of Mordor). As a solo percussion artist, Aaron composed and produced two albums of electronic music that he has performed in concerts with young musicians. These Incorporate his electronic tracks with live musicians, and incorporate synchronized visual projections. In January 2020, Aaron was contracted to compose and perform his music for the Google Cloud Accelerate conference opening ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for over 10,000 people. Currently, Aaron is an Instructor at the College of Southern Nevada, and is also employed by Clark County as a sound and lighting technician at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater in Las Vegas. He also scores, mixes and masters original music for Kino Lorber, a publishing company that releases short silent films restored by the US Library of Congress.
Matt Szpyrka started work as a sound engineer in the late 1990s. He began by recording his own music, and then the projects of other bands and musicians. In 2002, Matt went to school to study audio engineering. After completing school, he began an internship at a local recording studio in Las Vegas and within the first year was running his own recording sessions. Within 5 years, Matt was working with some of the greatest musicians in the world. In 2006, he earned the first of many platinum records working on Barry Manilow’s album, The Greatest Songs from The Fifties. In 2008, Matt moved to Nashville with a good friend, who was also the singer of Smashmouth (the band), to record a solo album. While in Nashville, he worked on many projects, and had the honor of learning from great producers and engineers. In 2012, he decided to move back to Las Vegas to get married and start a family, supporting the new family by doing freelance audio work. Today, Matt teaches audio recording at CSN where he finds it to be some of the greatest, most rewarding work he has done. Along with teaching at CSN, he works as a sound engineer for MGM. Matt has two amazing children, and an amazing wife. As a teacher of audio, and audio engineering, the fundamental concepts he teachs are universal; they do not strictly pertain to audio or engineering and are useful concepts regardless of the application. Matt strongly believes the best way to learn these concepts is by experiencing them and because of this, the majority of time spent in his classroom will be hands on, with the gear, experiencing how it works.